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Estonia , is a Baltic state in Northern Europe. It has land borders with Latvia and Russia. With a coastline on the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland, Estonia also has sea borders with Finland and Sweden. Medieval History & Manors : The main reason most people first come to Estonia is to see the best protected and intact medieval city in Europe - Tallinn. The unique value of Tallinn's Old Town lies first and foremost in the well-preserved (intact) nature of its medieval milieu and structure, which has been lost in most of the capitals of northern Europe. Since 1997, the Old Town of Tallinn has been on UNESCO's World Heritage list. Living under the rule of Scandinavian kings, Russian empire and Teutonic Knights has left Estonia with unique and rich blend of historic landmarks. Over one thousand manors were built across Estonia from the 13th century onwards. Some of the manors have perished or fallen into ruins but a lot have been reconstructed and now are favourite attractions with tourists.
Islands & Coastline : Estonia has over 1500 islands. The nature is essentially untouched and offers quite a different beach experience with their remoter rustic feel. Most of the public beaches are sandy and the average water temperature is 18°C in summer. Inland waters and some shallow bays' water are even warmer. The largest island is Saaremaa with an intact and well-restored medieval castle in its only city, Kuressaare. Stone fences, thatched roofs, working windmills and home made beer are all distinctive to Saaremaa. Hiiumaa on the other hand is well known for its lighthouses, unspoilt nature, Hill of crosses and the sense of humour of its inhabitants. Both islands have an airport so they can be quickly reached from Tallinn. Other important islands include Kihnu, Ruhnu (with its "singing sand" beach), Muhu and Vormsi, each with its own unique characteristics. Most of the other tiny Estonian islands don't carry much cultural significance but can be appealing for bird watching, canoeing, sailing or fishing etc. In July and August Pärnu, Estonia's summer capital, is the main attraction. The coastline itself has loads of untouched beaches and a tour from Narva-Jõesuu (in the East) towards Tallinn is great for exploring the coastline. Some of the well known places include Toila, Võsu, Käsmu and Kaberneeme.
Film Festivals : Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) November/December The festival combines a feature film festival with the sub-festivals of animated films, student films and children/youth films.
Music Festivals : Tallinn Music Week :Spring Showcase festival, aiming to stage the best and most outstanding Estonian talent on two nights in Tallinn's most vibrant live venues, as well as a networking event for the music industry professionals.
Tallinn International Festival Jazzkaar : April In addition to Tallinn jazz concerts also take place in Tartu and Pärnu.
Tallinn Old Town Days Tallinn :May/June
The Estonian Song Celebration (In Estonian: Laulupidu) First held in 1869, takes place every five years. In 2009, 35,000 choral singers gathered to perform for an audience of 90,000 people. It is recognised by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Õllesummer Festival Tallinn : July Approx 70,000 people attend the festival each year over the course of 4 days.
Viljandi Folk Music Festival Viljandi : July Annual folk music festival in a small but picturesque town of Viljandi. Each year the festival draws over 20,000 visitors.
Saaremaa Opera Days Saaremaa July
Leigo Lake Music Festival : near Otepää / August Open-air concerts are held in completely natural venues on the hilly landscapes of the [[Otepää]] highland. The musicians' stage is on an island in the lake, surrounded by thousands of listeners on the sloping shore.
Birgitta Festival Tallinn : August Music and theatre festival, held at the ruins of the historical Pirita (St. Bridget's) convent.
Estonia Cities :
Tallinn — capital city with an enchanting medieval core
Haapsalu — seaside resort town
Kuressaare — home of the Kuressaare castle
Narva — the easternmost point of the mainland European Union
Tartu — Estonia's second-largest city and intellectual hub famous for its universities
Rakvere — known for its castle ruins and unique character
Pärnu — historical resort seaside city with a small harbour, Estonia's summer capital
Valga — border-town with Latvia
Viljandi — home of the annual Viljandi Folk Music Festival
Other destinations : Estonians have a special love for nature, and many will tell you that they would rather sit under a tree in an empty forest or hike in a national park than almost anything else. Estonia's tranquil, laidback and unspoiled Baltic islands provide a splendid getaway to nature.
Hiiumaa — second largest island of Estonia
Karula National Park — the smallest national park, located in South Estonia
Lahemaa National Park — 50km east of Tallinn, with 1000 sq km of bays, peninsulas and forests
Matsalu National Park — one of the largest and most important autumn stopping grounds for migratory birds in Europe
Saaremaa — including the town of Kuressaare and one of few well-preserved medieval castles in the Baltics
Soomaa National Park — a peat bog formed from a glacier melt from around 11,000 years ago
Vilsandi National Park — covers 238 sq km, including 163 sq km of sea and 75 sq km of land, plus 160 islands and islets
Estonia Flights & Airports : Tallinn is Estonia's international gateway. In addition to direct daily flights to/from all major Scandinavian (Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo) and Baltic cities (Riga and Vilnius), there are direct flights from all major European hubs like London, Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam and regional hubs like Prague and Warsaw. Eastward connections are from Moscow and Kiev. Local carrier Estonian Air provides half of the services and the rest is provided by Finnair, SAS, Lufthansa, LOT, CSA, Air Baltic and others. Easyjet is one of a few low-cost carriers that provide service between Tallinn and major European cities.
** Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport or Ülemiste Airport (TLL) , about 5 km from the city center, is increasingly becoming an airport hub of the Baltics. Estonian Air provides good quality services to a series of European cities.
** Tartu Airport or Ülenurme Airport (TAY) is located 10km from Tartu centre. International flights include Riga and Stockholm.
** Kuressaare Airport (URE) is situated 3 km from the town of Kuressaare on Saaremaa island and offers regular flights to Stockholm and domestic flights.
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